David H. Adams

OLD HICKORY, TENN - David H. Adams, 73, of Great Falls and Old Hickory, Tenn. died of cancer Friday, Dec. 16.

A memorial service is 4 p.m. Sunday at the Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, Hadley Chapel, 1700 Hadley Ave., Old Hickory, Tenn, with visitation one hour prior.

He was born on June 21, 1938, in Longview, Wash. David was in the first class of the Marine Corps Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, graduating from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and from the Naval Post-Graduate School with a master's degree in electrical engineering. David was an expert on military command, control and communications systems and was instrumental in the development and modernization of the Marine Corps air defense and air/ ground operations. He also represented the Marine Corps in several NATO fora and advised NATO on improvements in tactics, techniques and procedures related to NATO air operations, allied military interoperability techniques and NATO-wide communications systems improvements. He made exceptional contributions over many years in the development of the Marine air command and control system. His contributions persist today.

After retiring as a major from the Marine Corps, David continued to design, develop and manufacture state-of-the-art defense systems for the militaries of many nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, Korea and Japan, among others. These systems remain effective today in current operations of these many allied nations. David's persistence, forethought and exceptional knowledge were the essence of these systems. For the last 20 years, David has been CEO and president of Interoperability Systems International in Greece. His favorite past time was exploring Montana (counting deer) as well as summer fly-fishing and fall deer hunting with the family.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Carl L. Adams and Mavis Dyer Munkers. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen (LaFevre) Adams, Great Falls; and his children, Sabrina (Randy) Wilburn, Dixon Springs, Tenn; David C. Adams, Old Hickory; Andrea (Greg) Gauntlett, Black River, N.Y.; and Marla (Barron) Grantham, Joelton, Tenn; his brothers, Monte (Bobbye) Adams, Old Hickory; Dan (Lorie) Adams, Richland, Wash.; his sisters, Jeanne (Randy) Szarzinski, Oxnard, Calif.; and Lorelei Dacus, Bend, Ore.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family has requested that all donations in David's memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 18, 2011